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  1. Jim Gindin has announced that he has sold his code to a start-up company. Algorithms based on FOF concepts will be used to power some of the features in a new sports gaming venture. Founded in 1997, Solecismic Software is a small indie company that made PC-based American football management games such as Front Office Football versions 1 to 8 and FOF: The College Years. Jim Gindin would reach national attention with FOF2 when Electronic Arts signed the title. EA provided visual design, a development team, came up with a new play-calling interface, and moving franchises. Having a AAA gaming company to publish your titles at the rise of Madden, NHL, FIFA in the 90’s on early consoles, was truly a remarkable height for the sports management genre. Most recently Solecismic Software tried to link up with OOTP Developments to use their visual design expertise. Looking to give the FOF experience the modern UI upgrades and bring the game mainstream. If you have been following here on GM Games, you will know that is long over. OOTP Developments has even sold itself to a large South Korean publisher. Though now times have changed. Micro-transactions through internet connectivity have created new aggressive monetization ideas. The gaming format we are familiar with on GM Games has a tough road, though SEGA and Sports Interactive have proven that there is a world out there ready to love a game of their sport done in an immersive way. Maybe one day these companies will apply design thinking and plot the customer experience people want to build a human-centred design product from scratch. Further to the story, Jim has wrote a blog article about how this relates to his life, how it’s something new, how it took time to negotiate. http://www.solecismic.com/announcement_2021.php From our point of view, what could possibly come out of this to benefit our genre? The answer is likely nothing. FOF8 will be getting a new roster and the code will be chopped up into parts to support something that isn’t the FOF model. At some point everyone steps away, ends the development backlog of their projects and games wrap-up for many reasons. FOF and what it achieved will continue to be a tremendous historic achievement and FOF8 will be placed into the GM Games Hall of Fame section for digital eternity. Come join the discussion about the sell-off on reddit… The post FOF9 Scrapped. Jim Gindin sells algorithmic code and pursues different format of game. appeared first on GM Games - Sports General Manager Video Games. View the full article
  2. If you never feel more at home than when you’re on the court and want nothing more than to lead your team to victory, then a college basketball simulation game will let you hone your skills. How exactly can you leverage a sports simulation game like Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2021 to its fullest potential so that you can sharpen your strategy and improve your coaching acumen? Let’s dig in with some tips from the pros (meaning… us), and how you can apply them to DDS: CB2021. Keep scrolling for more! Become a Better Coach With College Basketball Sports Simulation Games Customize Everything Down to the Smallest Details The last thing you want from a college basketball simulation game is for it to feel like a game. You need this to feel like real life. This means that the ability to customize and personalize your experience is key. With Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2021, you take control — not the game. Select your favorite school of the size of your choosing, devise your summer scouting plans, recruit the players who you think are the best fit from all over the country, and come up with the plays and strategies you feel will lead your team to tournament glory. It doesn’t end there, though. Being a coach is about more than the players; you’re also going to have a staff to build and manage. Our coaching lineage feature even lets you look in on all of your assistants to see if they’ve been successful on their own after learning from you. Did we mention that this is a long-term play? (We bet you didn’t think that so many people would be relying on you!) The customization potential extends to your players, logos, and you can even export rookies. Download community-created mod files to transform your game into a world of your own, for a fully immersive, interactive experience. This is about so much more than pushing buttons and playing against a mediocre AI (more on that in a minute). You’re going to feel like you’re on the court, calling the shots and charging toward the big win. How you play is entirely up to you. Would you prefer to start at a small school, make a name for yourself, and gradually work your way up the ladder? Or do you want to dive right into your dream job and attack with full force? The choice is yours. Build Your Dynasty Well Into the Future Like we said, this is a long-term play. This isn’t about just one game, one team, one season. It’s about the success of the entire franchise. You’re no fair-weather coach — you’re in this for the long haul. In this case, what you really need is a career-based simulation, where every season brings new challenges from the board, in addition to recruiting new players along the way. It’s a long road ahead, and you probably already know that no two games, players, or seasons are going to look alike. The strategy will need to evolve, as will you. After all, the greatest coaches on earth find ways to outdo themselves season after season. Being able to track your progress over time will be crucial. Otherwise, how will you know what’s working, what isn’t, and where and how you can improve? With Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2021, you can record your achievements over time in the historical archives so that you can relive the excitement and also review your past approaches. Store and export everything you need in spreadsheets and databases so that it’s easily accessible and perfectly organized. There’s a lot of pressure on you to call the right plays, expertly manage your staff, and demolish your opponents before the timer runs out. And you’re going to have to do it for years to come. The pressure is on. An AI That Can’t be Hacked, Cheated, or Sidestepped When you’re using a college basketball simulation game to become a better coach, nothing is worse than a simulation that you can easily cheat. Sure, winning is nice — but you also know that in reality, winning usually isn’t that easy. As a real-life coach, there is no hacking the system; so, why should your sports sim be that way? Wolverine Sports uses an intelligent AI that allows you to make informed decisions and then watch the action unfold. There are no magic tricks or shortcuts — only strategy and expertise that will culminate on the court. You’re going to have to leverage your expertise and think outside the box because there probably won’t be any easy calls here. What did you do in the past that worked? Take it and find a way to make it better, because your job requires you to be constantly improving. Our goal is to replicate all of the same challenges, hurdles, and obstacles that you’d encounter in real life. This won’t come easy, but nothing worth chasing ever did. That’s just going to make your victories seem so much sweeter. The team at Wolverine Studios has made it our mission to engineer a college basketball sports simulation game unlike anything else you’ve ever seen. It’s not just our smooth graphics and lifelike characters. It’s the brilliant AI, painstaking attention to detail, and the incredibly immersive experience you’ll get. Want to get first access to Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2021? It’s time to take action! Pre-Order DDS: College Basketball 2021 The post How to Use College Basketball Simulation Games to Become a Better Coach appeared first on Wolverine Studios. View the full article
  3. Draft Day Sports College Basketball 2021 First Access has arrived. The team went over a list of more than 250+ community suggestions for the game and included a good number of those. Are you itching for the excitement of March (especially since the NCAA Tournament was cancelled last year)? This is what you need – Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2021. [This press release is made courtesy of Wolverine Studios] Recruiting… Wording is courtesy of Wolverine Studios – Recruiting has received some of the most important upgrades this time around starting with the totally redesigned recruit card above. You now can perform your recruiting actions right from this card itself as well as getting new information about the recruit’s level of interest right on the card as well as a better way to see the ratings you have already scouted on the player. You can also communicate via text message with recruits right from this screen too! Quadrants… One of the biggest new additions to the game is the use of NET and the NET quadrants to determine which teams will make the championship tournament with at-large bids. This replaces the outdated RPI system and allows you direct insight into seeing which of your wins (and losses) are playing key roles in determining your tournament fate. The additions don’t stop there though – we’ve got upgrades in every facet of the game such as the changed 2D screen to improve game play, the redesigned strategy screen which will let you see all of your player proficiencies at once so you know which sets to focus on, new recruiting filters to help narrow your lists even more. Updated sub matrix features, sim engine improvements to make players stand out more at smaller schools, additional options to skip portions of the summer periods and so much more including the redesigned dashboard screen above which lets you get more information on your players and get to recognize them better which is important in a college game with so much player turnover. WHAT’S NEW IN 21? Brand new realistic enhancements like the NET Quadrant system to determine who makes the post-season tournaments makes the game feel even more true to life. Recruiting upgrades allow you to recruit directly from the revamped player card, see more information on the interest level of your school and new recruiting filters make it even easier to target in on your favorite recruits. A host of new page additions such as the redesigned dashboard screen, new schedule screens, improved ways of selecting simulation times, game by game updates while simulating and changes to the strategy screen to display team proficiencies make the game even easier to navigate and use. Customize it all! Do the editing yourself with our new database editor to change team and conference names, change logos, courts and much more or check out the community created mods to really enhance your gaming experience. The game engine has received multiple improvements as well. New changes have been made to the 2D screen for a better experience there including extra popups when players have great games and changes to the simulation engine itself allow for better players at smaller schools to be more impactful on the stat lines and play an outsized role for their team in some cases just as they do in real life. Link your league with Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 2021 for a totally immersive game universe. Automatically transfer your draft eligible players to DDS:PB21 and you can track standings, stats and rosters from your college world right inside of DDS:PB21 now! Grab a copy of DDSCB21 with (-10%) First Access code CB21FIRST right here https://gmgames.org/draft-day-sports-pro-basketball-2021/download/ Discuss this story with the GM Games community on reddit… The post ‘Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2021’ Get to know First Access! appeared first on GM Games - Sports General Manager Video Games. View the full article
  4. Are you itching for the excitement of March (especially since the NCAA Tournament was cancelled last year)? We’ve got just what you need – Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2021 is now ready for FirstAccess! The king of college basketball games is back! Pre-Order DDS: College Basketball 2021 Now! This year’s version is our biggest and best ever – in addition to our own upgrades we went over a list of more than 250+ community suggestions for the game and included a good number of those as well. You’ll find both some welcomed new features this year as well as many minor tweaks that are sure to delight long time players of our game! Recruiting has received some of the most important upgrades this time around starting with the totally redesigned recruit card above. You now can perform your recruiting actions right from this card itself as well as getting new information about the recruit’s level of interest right on the card as well as a better way to see the ratings you have already scouted on the player. You can also communicate via text message with recruits right from this screen too! One of the biggest new additions to the game is the use of NET and the NET quadrants to determine which teams will make the championship tournament with at-large bids. This replaces the outdated RPI system and allows you direct insight into seeing which of your wins (and losses) are playing key roles in determining your tournament fate. The additions don’t stop there though – we’ve got upgrades in every facet of the game such as the changed 2D screen to improve game play, the redesigned strategy screen which will let you see all of your player proficiencies at once so you know which sets to focus on, new recruiting filters to help narrow your lists even more, updated sub matrix features, sim engine improvements to make players stand out more at smaller schools, additional options to skip portions of the summer periods and so much more including the redesigned dashboard screen above which lets you get more information on your players and get to recognize them better which is important in a college game with so much player turnover. That’s just some of the improvements in this year’s version. To see them all you’re going to have to get on the road to the tournament yourself! Will you become one of college basketball’s all-time great coaches? It’s time to tip-off another exciting year of college basketball and time for you to #BuildYourDynasty! Pre-Order DDS: College Basketball 2021 The post Ready for March? Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2021 FirstAccess begins now! appeared first on Wolverine Studios. View the full article
  5. If you’ve been waiting for a modern football game that gives you immersion, depth and a whole lot of excitement then this is the game for you. Wolverine Studios announces that Draft Day Sports: College Football 2021 is now available worldwide, as well as on Steam. DDS:CF21 has been completely rebuilt on the Alchemium Unlimited platform to provide one of the most beautiful and realistic experiences you will find today in a college football simulation game. [This press release is made courtesy of Wolverine Studios] DDS:CF21 puts you in charge as the head coach of your favorite school. Recruit your next class of superstars, customize your playbook to maximize your strengths and most importantly beat down your hated rival on the virtual gridiron! Offensive and Defensive Leaders We’ve made some big changes for this year’s version with new play options, more reports, a slew of new recruiting changes, more immersion that brings players to life and even the ability to link your league directly to a Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2021 league for seamless integration of your college players moving to your pro league. DDSCF21 Recruiting Screen Here’s a look at the new recruiting interface. You’ll see new options to visit players at home, invite them to a game, attend one of their games or give them a tour of your campus in addition to the recruiting and scouting points you can spend on them. The detail you can go into while recruiting is amazing and really brings the recruiting experience to life. But don’t worry – for those of you who don’t want to wade in the depths of recruiting there are options too that allow you to turn over some or all of the details to the AI and let you focus just on playing winning football on Saturdays! WHAT’S NEW IN 21? DDS:CF21 is totally rebuilt from the ground up on our new “Au” platform giving the user an incredibly beautiful and easy to navigate interface. A redesigned recruiting interface lets you not only take on more actions but see them all organized in an easy to view and understand fashion. Take full control of your school’s destiny on the field. New playbook options give you even more weapons to try and out match your opponent. Customization options have improved even more! Edit just about anything you want with your school and new bowl game logos give you even more to edit. A brand new coach import file option is also available if you want to create a custom coach file! A redesigned recruiting interface lets you not only take on more actions but see them all organized in an easy to view and understand fashion. The game engine has received multiple improvements as well. New play design options allow for motion and play action plays, revamped depth options allow for designation of third down backs, a total revamp of the penalty system to allow you control over accepting penalties in 2D play as well as AI improvements for penalties and 4th down logic. Link your league with Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2021 for a totally immersive game universe. Bring rookies in from DDS:CF and track your college universe without ever having to leave DDS:PF. Talk more about the launch with us on our sub-reddit… The post College Game Day! Draft Day Sports: College Football 2021 for Windows PC appeared first on GM Games - Sports General Manager Video Games. View the full article
  6. Purchase DDS: College Football 2021 Wolverine Studios proudly announces that Draft Day Sports: College Football 2021 is now available worldwide and available here at wolverinestudios.com as well as on Steam. DDS:CF21 has been completely rebuilt on the Alchemium Unlimited platform to provide the most beautiful and realistic experience you will find today in a college football simulation game. If you’ve been wanting a realistic college football game that gives you immersion, depth and a whole lot of excitement then this is the game for you. DDS:CF21 puts you in charge as the head coach of your favorite school. Recruit your next class of superstars, customize your playbook to maximize your strengths and most importantly beat down your hated rival on the virtual gridiron! We’ve made some big changes for this year’s version with new play options, more reports, a slew of new recruiting changes, more immersion that brings players to life and even the ability to link your league directly to a Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2021 league for seamless integration of your college players moving to your pro league. Here’s a look at the new recruiting interface. You’ll see new options to visit players at home, invite them to a game, attend one of their games or give them a tour of your campus in addition to the recruiting and scouting points you can spend on them. The detail you can go into while recruiting is amazing and really brings the recruiting experience to life. But don’t worry – for those of you who don’t want to wade in the depths of recruiting there are options too that allow you to turn over some or all of the details to the AI and let you focus just on playing winning football on Saturdays! For all the details on the game check out our official page and you can view the trailer below as well. There’s even a 100% FREE demo you can try. What are you waiting for, coach? Your favorite school needs you so get to our webstore and purchase your copy today so you can begin to #BuildYourDynasty! Get Social With Us The most important thing we do is interact with our customers. You can find us on these social networks to keep up with the latest information on DDS:PF21 and all of our other games. TWITCH – https://www.twitch.tv/wolverinestudios YOUTUBE – https://www.youtube.com/c/wolverinestudios TWITTER – https://twitter.com/wolverinestudio FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/wolverinestudios INSTAGRAM – https://www.instagram.com/wolverinestudiosgames/ The post Draft Day Sports: College Football 2021 Now Available! appeared first on Wolverine Studios. View the full article
  7. Franchise mode has been a hot topic of discussion in the world of sports simulation games. There aren’t a ton of options out there that really quench gamers’ thirst for a realistic, immersive experience. Thus, this became one of our biggest goals at Wolverine Studios: Give you a franchise mode that you can’t resist. So, that’s what we did. We didn’t want franchise mode to merely be a feature in our games, though. Instead, we created it to be the dominant focus. We don’t just have franchise mode. We are franchise mode. A Realistic GM or Coach Gaming Experience You can find franchise mode in other games, but we wanted to raise the bar. We took the time to develop realistic AI in terms of team management, trading, signing free agents (in the pro games), and recruiting (in the college games). You play an incredibly active role in the present and future of your franchise, and so much of what happens depends on the actions that you decide to take. Success in our games isn’t simply determined by an overall rating score or how well you can push buttons. It goes so much deeper than that. You might pick some of the best players you’ve ever seen, but does that automatically mean they’re going to work well together? Not always. You have to find players that fit as a unit and know how to function as a team. And sometimes, surprisingly, the highest-rated player isn’t truly what your team needs to win. As the coach or general manager, it’s up to you to assemble a team that can’t be defeated. Try a Free Demo Today! Put Your Sports Knowledge to the Ultimate Test You might very well find that it’s more challenging than you anticipated to find players that excel with the game plan, strategies, and plays that you design. There are a lot of moving parts. It’s about knowing how to manage each of those parts individually, and how to make them all work together harmoniously. You have to have both in order to succeed. Our goal always has been and continues to be to give our players the most realistic experience possible. We want you to know what it truly feels like to be a general manager or coach of a franchise. Where other franchise modes typically fall short is that it’s all too easy to trick or manipulate their AI. What happens next is always too predictable, and it’s not all that difficult to play the system. In the end, this means that you’re not left with much of a challenge — no real obstacles between you and the big win. And where’s the fun in that? With Wolverine Studios’ games, you’re playing against an incredibly intelligent AI that is fully capable of making smart decisions. In a review of Draft Day Sports Pro Basketball 2021 written by Adam De Maria for GM Games, it says, “The AI was intelligent when it came to trading and building its roster. I struggled to swindle teams when attempting to bolster my squad after an early playoff exit in my first season and was forced to focus on tinkering with what I had … DDSPB 21 is a rare but brilliant achievement in the context of sports management simulations.” There’s a reason why we were voted one of the top management sims in 2020. The reviews speak for themselves. Josh Houtz writes on Operation Sports of Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2021, “I expect to see a couple more NFL text-based simulations pop up over the next couple years. But as far as I’m concerned, there’s only one game at the top of the mountain right now, and while you can make a case for some of the other games on the market, Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2021 gets my vote.” There are no shortcuts or magic tricks that you can take, here. It’s all going to come down to strategy. It’s not just about winning one game, either. It’s about leading your franchise to success and victory across multiple seasons. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Can you call all the right shots game after game, season after season? Can your skills as GM or coach stand the test of time? Can you stand up to even the most brutal of opponents? With our franchise mode, you’ll find out. Ready to see what all the buzz is about? Try a free demo today and experience it for yourself. Learn More About Draft Day Sports The post We Are Franchise Mode appeared first on Wolverine Studios. View the full article
  8. Fixed loading and saving issue for some users... View the full article
  9. Hello Everybody, We are happy to announce the release of version 0.8.8. In this version we have worked on a different number of tasks from implementing scouting service to minor GUI updates. Scouting... View the full article
  10. Hello Everybody, It has only been around 10 days since the latest release, but we are already ready with the release of version 0.8.7. In this version we have focused on a lot of smaller tasks and opt... View the full article
  11. Wolverine Studios always aims to stay one step ahead of the game. It’s our mission to offer the most realistic sports simulation experience on the market. We’re proud to announce that earlier this month, it was announced that we ranked third on Operation Sports’ Best Management Sim in 2020, with Draft Day Sports: College Football 2020 and College Basketball 2020 tying for the spot. Curious what all the buzz is about? Try a Free Demo Today! We’re beyond thrilled that the industry leader and the biggest news outlet in our genre recognized us for our efforts, and we’re proud to be ranked up there with some of the other biggest players in the industry. To have two of our titles tie for third place and be listed with the greatest sports sim games of all time is a massive honor. “I have tremendous respect for the teams at SI Games and OOTP Developments” says Gary Gorski, President of Wolverine Studios. “To have people put our games on that kind of level is a massive compliment and just reinforces that we’re really doing good work at Wolverine Studios and we will continue to push our designs to remain as part of the leaders in our genre.” It’s our commitment to you to continue exceeding your expectations. See The Full Article Here The post Wolverine Studios Recognized as a Top Management Sim in 2020 appeared first on Wolverine Studios. View the full article
  12. Today we kick-off the next generation in college football greatness as Draft Day Sports: College Football 2021 is now ready for FirstAccess! If you are new to our company FirstAccess is the period here prior to the official launch of a game title. We offer you the opportunity to purchase the game with a discount and in addition to that you are eligible for a complementary Steam key when the game launches there. Best of all you receive your license key right away with a download link to be able to download beta builds of the game so you can test along with us as we finish up the game. Pre-Order DDS: College Football 2021 Now! If you’ve been wanting a realistic college football game that gives you immersion, depth and a whole lot of excitement then this is the game for you. DDS:CF21 puts you in charge as the head coach of your favorite school. Recruit your next class of superstars, customize your playbook to maximize your strengths and most importantly beat down your hated rival on the virtual gridiron! DDS:CF21 has been completely overhauled on the brand new “Au” platform to provide you a beautiful and easy to use interface. Our games prove you don’t have to sacrifice looks just because you’re playing a management style simulation game. You won’t confuse our games for a spreadsheet anytime soon! One of the best new additions outside of the complete interface overhaul has been the improvements in recruiting. We know recruiting for a college football team is a big job so we’ve made it as easy as possible to handle those recruiting tasks as well as giving you the option to hand off some or all of them to your AI coaching staff. The level of customization in DDS:CF21 is off the charts – we want you to be able to experience the game in the best way for you to do it and we give you the opportunity to do just that. If you’re missing Saturday football already the cure is right here. Draft Day Sports: College Football 2021 gives you the most immersive and exciting college football experience you can get today. If you’re ready to join the ranks of the all-time greats then click that button below, get your pre-order in and get ready to #BuildYourDynasty. Pre-Order Now! The post Draft Day Sports: College Football 2021 FirstAccess Begins Today! appeared first on Wolverine Studios. View the full article
  13. Wolverine Studios’ first release of 2021 is just around the corner. It’s college season in the DDS franchise and Draft Day Sports College Football 2021 has finally arrived in First Access. College football is all about the rivalries. DDSCF21 will see if you have what it takes to beat your rivals into submission year after year? Wolverine Studios has you ready to recruit, gameplan and bring home victory to your school. What’s new in 2021? Wording is courtesy of Wolverine Studios – DDS:CF21 is totally rebuilt from the ground up on our new “Au” platform giving the user an incredibly beautiful and easy to navigate interface. DDSCF21 Standing Screen A redesigned recruiting interface lets you not only take on more actions but see them all organized in an easy to view and understand fashion. DDSCF21 Recruiting Screen Take full control of your school’s destiny on the field. New playbook options give you even more weapons to try and out match your opponent. DDSCF21 Create a Play Customization options have improved even more! Edit just about anything you want with your school and new bowl game logos give you even more to edit. A brand new coach import file option is also available if you want to create a custom coach file! The game engine has received multiple improvements as well. New play design options allow for motion and play action plays, revamped depth options allow for designation of third down backs, a total revamp of the penalty system to allow you control over accepting penalties in 2D play as well as AI improvements for penalties and 4th down logic. DDSCF21 2D Gameplay Finally, Link your league with Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2021 for a totally immersive game universe. Bring rookies in from DDS:CF and track your college universe without ever having to leave DDS:PF. Grab a copy of DDSCF21 with -10% First Access code PB21FIRST right here https://gmgames.org/draft-day-sports-college-football-2021/download/ Discuss this story with the GM Games community… The post ‘Draft Day Sports: College Football 2021’ what you need to know about First Access! appeared first on GM Games - Sports General Manager Video Games. View the full article
  14. Hello Everybody, We are happy to announce the release of version 0.8.6. In this version we have focused a lot on the different inputs we got from the users. Transfers We have tried to change the imple... View the full article